Acknowledging past trauma through healing art practices

A new exhibition asks how we can regain control over the residues of past trauma through personal memories and local narratives that explore art as a healing practice.
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Duha Ali and Justine Youssef, ‘Kohl’, 2018, video still, three channel video, 4:40 minutes. Image courtesy the artists.

When curator Rachel Ciesla was offered Bundoora Homestead Art Centre as a potential location for her exhibition, Healing Practices, she began researching the site’s history, which was initially a significant ceremonial and camping ground for the Wurundjeri-willam people. Since then it’s been turned into a family home, convalescent farm and a psychiatric repatriation facility. 

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